Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Dr. Armando Occón
Nowadays, in the light of the need to vary the traditional bases of livestock production, animal nutrition should adapt and continue to guarantee high productivity whilst paying attention to its influence on product quality and safety. Furthermore, it should minimize environmental impact and continue to contribute to the management of natural and rural areas, particularly fragile in the Mediterranean region. Therefore it is necessary to train young professionals and scientists in this field, so that from both the public and private sectors they can accommodate these changes and develop sustainable production systems.
28 Sep.- 13 Nov. ’15 PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL NUTRITION (10 ECTS)
16 Nov.- 18 Dec. ’15 FEEDSTUFFS AND FEED TECHNOLOGY: COMPOSITION, QUALITY AND SAFETY (10 ECTS)
14-22 Dec. ‘15 and 11 Jan.- 19 Feb. ’16 ANIMAL FEEDING, AND FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY (15 ECTS)
22 Feb.-11 Mar.’ 16 MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN ANIMAL NUTRITION (5 ECTS)
14-18 Mar. and 04-22 Apr. ‘16 REPERCUSSIONS OF NUTRITION ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND ON ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE (6 ECTS)
28 Sep. ‘15- 03 June ’16 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (7 ECTS)
25 Apr.- 20 May. ‘16 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING STAGE RELATED TO ANIMAL NUTRITION (7 ECTS)
Participants take 1 written examination for each Unit, except for Units 1 and 3 where they take 2. Written exams consist of a set of questions that require a concise answer. Some of the questions are multiple choice. Lengthy questions are avoided.
Participants may retake failed exams once.
To complement the written examination of Unit 4, lecturers evaluate the performance and results of exercises carried out during the practical sessions. For the evaluation of Unit 6, participants must elaborate a written document that is presented and defended orally before a jury for its assessment. For the evaluation of Unit 7, participants must present a report assessing the work carried out in the host institution and valuing the professional and personal contribution of this training stage to their education.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
The working languages are English, French and Spanish. Lecturers can teach in any of the three languages. Simultaneous translation into Spanish is provided when lecturers speak English or French, therefore participants should prove knowledge of Spanish at the start of the course. From the beginning of July to the end of September IAMZ organizes an intensive course of Spanish for those who require it. Participants can answer the exams in Spanish, French or English. In the selection of candidates, knowledge of English and French is nevertheless valued, as part of the documentation distributed may be written in either of these languages.
This part is organized in 2 Units
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to provide the prior knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out a research project in a particular topic in the speciality of animal nutrition.
MASTER THESIS (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to apply previous education received throughout the Master programme to carry out original research in the topic chosen in the previous unit, that concludes with the elaboration of a written thesis.
Research work is carried out in well-recognized institutions (universities, research centres or firms), generally throughout Spain or in the participant's country of origin, under the scientific supervision of a thesis director that must be a doctor of renowned prestige. Participants choose the topic according to their interest of training, which is approved by a Committee. If the participant so requires, the organizing institutions advise on the choice of the most appropriate thesis director and institution to carry out the desired project, and likewise propose topics related to their research activities or other topics of interest previously accorded with other institutions.
The assessment of acquired competences for both units is made by an examining board composed of representatives of the organizing institutions and external members selected in each case for their expertise and prestige in the field of the research work. For the first unit, this assessment is based on: (i) an oral examination by the examining board; (ii) the evaluation done by the thesis director on the performance of the candidate; and (iii) the evaluation based on the reports presented periodically by the participant, with the support of the thesis director, on the development and progress of the research work. For the second unit, assessment is based on quality of the thesis and on its public presentation and defence.
Research activities: most common topics for Master of Science theses